I've been meaning to post to this forum for ages now, and I've now finally got around to it. I guess this may be more of a blog (for which I apologise) and may also be in the incorrect place, for which I also apologise if that's the case. And I'm really sorry if this is really dull to read!
My car owning history has always been, shall we say, consistent. Since my first car in 1987 I've owned nothing but V6 Fords: three 2.8/2.8i Granadas followed by four 2.5/3.0 Mondeos. And since February of this year I have an XF...
I easily cover 26,000 miles a year, and consequently I'd been looking for a replacement for my ST24 since this time last year, or possibly even before then. With the assistance of trawling through the various threads in the "Thinking About Buying an XF" forum, I concluded that a 3.0 S Portfolio was the only way for me to go, and so having spent a good six months seriously looking for the 'right' car to come along (engine/spec/mileage/colour combo etc.) I found myself last February at Westwell Jones in Fleet, in the snow and freezing cold looking at the car I now own: one private owner from new, 75,000 miles, FSH etc.
I think I have this right - it's Botanical Green with a Charcoal and burr walnut interior and fold-down rear seats. There are a couple of other options, but I don't recall what they are (except xenon lights and a garage door opener). So far so good.
On the test drive the bonnet popped open. This issue was mentioned in the previous service documentation from June 2016 as having been fixed - apparently not! Before collecting the car Westwell Jones had another go at sorting this out, but unfortunately the day after I got the car it popped open all on its own after the car had been parked for about 15 hours. I live about 50miles away, but despite this they came over and picked up the car, gave me a courtesy car for a couple of days and replaced both latches and the cable. Since then it's been fine.
Time for a couple of pictures:
Interior (dealer photo) and nothing really to talk about -
Day of initial collection, next to my lovely ST24.IMG_1111.jpg
So now, after having had to use a Kia C'eed for a couple of days (really, don't bother experiencing this it's not that pleasant) the journey of XF ownership can finally begin.
Despite initial impressions, the paintwork on this car wasn't at all good. Once the wax/filler had worn off after a couple of weeks it was a horrible mess of swirls and buffer trails, and it transpires that the pasenger side had been resprayed, and that most of what hadn't been resprayed had been 'polished' to within an inch of its life!
However... A couple of days at Unique Detail in Dunstable managed to largely sort this out. The chap there - Andy - is a really nice guy and said that he really enjoys working on 'older' cars. Bit rude(!), but he's done an excellent job given what he had to work with. 33787409003_e47dfe9951_b - Copy.jpgIMG_1166c.jpg
The next interesting thing that happened was a 'puncture' about a month ago. Happily this happened while the car was parked and not when I was driving at speeds of possibly up to 70mph on my daily commute. I really don't want to think about the consequences of that... Apart from getting stitched up for £230 per tyre at Kwik Fit (both rears were similar), the chap there implied that this was a design fault, and that I could pretty much expect this sort of thing in future on the other tyres. So that's something to look forward to, and a story that I really don't want to believe. IMG_1184.jpg
The car has just had its 85,000mile service at MotorSolve in Kings Langley, Herts where they also fixed the air con and levelled up the exhausts (this really bothered me ) and now I finally have a car that I think I love as much as my ST.
So that's my Jaguar story so far.
Thanks for reading/looking at the pictures.